Choosing Construction Materials for a Shed
Well, Harold in Florida needs more space. So you want to build a shed. Tell us what’s going on.
HAROLD: Yes, I have a pad that is 10 foot wide, 20 foot long and I was wanting to put up a building on it but I didn’t know whether – you know, I’ve never built one of them as opposed to putting up the wooden structure, which would be more economical because the steel, I think is – the longevity of steel would make that better. But price wise, I was wondering if you had any ideas with a building that size.
LESLIE: So Harold, this would be for storage purposes or for a living space?
HAROLD: For storage purposes and for (inaudible).
TOM: Well, if it’s a – if it’s a shed, it’s probably considered a temporary building so I’m not sure that there are any tax implications unless, of course, you have a – I don’t know, a woodshop business and this is going to be part of the space and maybe there’s a deduction you can get that way.
But in terms of the longevity, there are a lot …
LESLIE: And keep in mind, Harold’s in Florida.
TOM: I know. There are a lot of good quality steel buildings that are out there today. They’re an inexpensive way to build an additional building. But in terms of something that is just for a shed purpose, I’d probably build it from scratch myself and I might use wood. And the other option is plastic. There are a lot of really neat plastic sheds out there now that are sort of made into sort of a structural wall panel and – or it’s like a structured insulated panel without the insulation, where it’s sort of like constructed to lock together and do a good job of building an entire building but to be super strong and lightweight and inexpensive. So that’s yet another for you.
HAROLD: But I was thinking of hanging pegboard on the inside for tools and …
TOM: Yes. Well, Harold, you’re a woodworker so I would say you ought to frame it out of wood and go from there. But before you put that shed in, make sure you check your local zoning because there are generally rules about these additional buildings and how they’re built and especially in an area like Florida, you want to make sure that they are tied into the ground properly so that they don’t become airborne in a storm.